Monsoons & Your Dog- How to Help You Dog Stay Safe & Sound This During Our Monsoonby Hot Off The Press (Release) on Jun. 17, 2013, under Press Releases
Is Your Dog Ready For Our Tucson Monsoons
In Tucson, Arizona monsoons officially begin on June 15 and lasts until September 30. Our weather can bring high winds, dust storms, and downpours resulting in flash floods. All the smells, lightning and thunder that come in the afternoon and evening storms can be disturbing to many of our family dogs.
Monsoons are a common fear in our Tucson dogs; our furry friends can sense a storm long before us by the quickly falling barometric pressure. Many dogs may show stress and anxiety before you can even hear the storm. As you well know, some of our dogs will try to run away or may become destructive when locked in a room or in the home, potentially hurting themselves. Some dog have even been known to show signs of aggression when they become fearful at this level. If you know your dog reacts in this manner, It’s your job to help him/her get through this safely and educate them to look to us for guidance.
The good news is our dogs can be taught/trained to react properly to our monsoons – or any type of loud storm like noise . While it’s not always easy to accomplish, we can find the proper ingredients needed to help your specific dog be calm and less reactive. What works for one dog may not work for the next. Finding your dogs sweet spot is your challenge. Seeking out the proper help is the key.
To help your dog(s) learn to be calmer & safe during the monsoon season, as well as during fireworks or other instances of loud noises, try the following tips.
- Always have current Identification Tags on your dog’s collar just in case he gets away from you. Talk to your vet about microchipping, a permanent form of identification, and make sure to update any contact information changes. Also During storms, keep him away from any doors that lead outside.
- Provide a safe haven for your dog to go during monsoon weather and any other stressful times. Help your dog create a quiet, den-like place inside your home where your dog can feel safe, such as a kennel or crate. Maybe a laundry room with no windows or covered windows can be utilized. Always have plenty of drinking water available. Please, Remember it’s okay to us a crate! – So often I hear people say that a crate is mean or I feel sad when I see my dog in a crate. When properly introduced, dogs usually feel safe in their crates and actually want to be in their crate. Most dogs like to be in a cave- like environment. By using a crate it will ensure your dog’s safety and protect your belongings. If you don’t use a crate or your dog isn’t crate trained yet, be sure to put any valuable items or things that could hurt your dog if he chewed them out of his reach. Puppy proof your house again. A stressed dog can have odd behavior.
- During the storms, keep your windows and curtains closed. This will help reduce noise and flashing lights. Try to distract your dog with a TV or radio playing calming music at a slightly above normal volume.
- Remain calm and act in a matter-of-fact manner. Your dog can tell if you are afraid or uncomfortable during monsoon storms and will feed off of your emotion. Try to distract your dog with normal activities, like play or brushing. Offer your dog a bully stick or his best bone. Do not use a sympathetic voice to reassure him; this can sound like praise and may make him more confused and nervous. Just be yourself in matter-of Fact manner.
- In severe cases be prepared for your dog to become incontinent due to adrenaline and his extreme fear during a monsoon. This is not the time to correct. This is not an act of misbehavior, its fear. The bast way to deal with this is to remove your dog from the soiled area, then clean up. After the soil is cleaned, it’s okay to bring your dog back into the same area. It’s also not a good idea to over coddle.
- Products such as the ThunderShirt are well worth trying. The ThunderShirt uses gentle hugging to calm your dog, visit their site for details. We recommend combining training, behavior modification with the ThunderShirt. http://www.thundershirt.com/
- Consider reconditioning /desensitize your dog to lessen his panic during monsoon season. Bark Busters Tucson can help you with training exercises to change your dog’s negative associations with storms and help him relax. If you do not have a Bark Buster Trainer in your area, research a proven trainer in your area and reach out for help.
For extreme cases, you may want to talk with your veterinarian about using medication in conjunction with training. Your dog’s monsoon fear won’t get better on its own, but with strong leadership from you, behavior modification and lots of effort from you, he can learn to behave and remain calm during our Tucson, Arizona monsoons, which will help you relax and enjoy the summer as well.
Tucson’s Dog Trainer Gerard Raneri from Bark Busters home dog training Tucson offers as a public service, free tips to help you keep your dog safe in all situations! Read more about our Dog Training tips at – http://www.dogtrainingtucsonaz.com
Contact: Gerard Raneri
Dog Behavior Therapist&Master Trainer
Bark Busters Home Dog Training Tucson
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